Basil Vendryes teaching and performing in Italy
Basil Vendryes, adjunct professor of viola at the Lamont School of Music, had a busy summer of teaching and performing in Italy.
Vendryes performed at the Chiesa Addolorata of San Pietro in Acquiterme, Italy on July 26 as part of the InterHarmony International Music Festival. Along with pianist Alexi Volodin and violinist Guy Braunstein, they performed the Dvorak piano quintet. The Festival is an annual intensive summer performance festival, which includes a concert series of international solo musicians and young performers, and an institute for students of solo, chamber music, and orchestral playing. Vendryes was able to appear at the festival through generous support of a grant from the Maglione-Sie Foundation. Read more about the festival here.
Vendryes also served as a mentor and adjudicator for the 3rd annual Filippo Nicosia International Chamber Music Award and Masterclass in Faenza, Italy. This is an international competition for string quartets, trios and piano quartets in which the top prize includes 5,000 Euros, a portrait in ArchiMagazine, two concerts sponsored by Fondazione Gioventù Musicale d'Italia, and a debut recording with the Da Vinci label. The other jurors were Simone Gramaglia, violist in Quartetto di Cremona, and Antonio Valentino, pianist in Trio Debussy. More information on this competition here.